The weeks leading up to your wedding day are undoubtedly full of stress, emotions, and last minute decisions. It is hard to handle everything that is needed on top of keeping up with your diet and exercise regimen, let alone set aside time to relax. It is easy to let yourself slip and grab processed food on the go and lose sleep in anticipation of the big day.
To help you out, here are six ways to make sure you stay fit and energized in the weeks before your wedding so you are able to slip into your wedding dress and enjoy the day.
Take a few minutes every day to sit down in a quiet place and meditate. Meditation helps to lower your cortisol levels which in turn helps reduce the fat in your body. You need that have to take care of your own mind and body before you can sincerely take care of other people. By taking time to meditate with the goal of self-improvement, you will not only be doing yourself a favor but also giving your future husband an advantage. Turn all electronics off for at least five minutes to give yourself some calming Zen time.
2. Go to tastings on a full stomach
Whether you are going to your cake tasting or just meeting with your caterer, don’t show up to the meeting starving. It is important to not overindulge yourself while you are planning the wedding cake and menu. Set your meetings with your vendors after lunch. If you feast on a variety of cake flavors in the morning, you are more likely to eat unhealthy foods for the remainder of the day.
3. Find a workout plan that works for you
With a hectic schedule, it may seem daunting to try to fit in exercise during the week, but it is important to do so in order to keep your body slim and your energy high. Team up with your maid of honor or your whole group of bridesmaids to make exercising fun. You can all sign up for a Zumba class or start a fitness competition to keep you motivated. It does not really matter how you decide to get your body moving and your heart rate up, as long as it is something that you enjoy doing, you will stick with it.
4. Don’t skip meals
Do not try to lose last minute weight by skipping meals, thinking it will help you slim down. Focus on eating clean, whole foods throughout the day so your blood sugar never spikes or falls. Choose complex carbohydrates and a lot of fresh vegetables, with fruit for dessert. Also, make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. This will not only help you fit into your wedding dress, it will also help you to maintain your energy in the weeks leading up to the wedding.
5. Make everything simple
Let the small details of your wedding day take over your contemplations and leave everything else in your life simple. For example, rather than stressing over minute things that happen at work or while you are out during the day, just try to let things roll off your shoulders so you do not build up any additional anxiety. Even when it just comes to making meals, keep the food simple by buying pre-chopped vegetables or even pre-made salads. Focus on foods that are easy to make to prepare for your big day while decreasing the stress factor.
6. Learn to say “No”
If someone asks you for a favor, whether it is work-related or personal, if you honestly feel as if you do not have the time to devote, exercise your right to decline. Only you know how much you can take on at one time and planning a wedding is stressful and certainly takes a toll not only on your mind and body but also on your schedule. Don’t overwork yourself in the weeks leading up to the wedding, or else you will become exhausted, and you will not be able to enjoy the day that you are hoping for.
All in all, it is important to remember that your wedding represents the first day of the rest of your life with your new husband. You do not want to stress about that day too much and run yourself down and then not be able to enjoy it. Keep up with your healthy diet and maintain a lifestyle that you know is best for you. Make sleep a priority and remember that you have full control over how you choose to treat your mind and body when it comes to health and wellness.